Boston Mineral Club
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The Boston Mineral Club (BMC) was founded in 1936 to "promote the study and collecting of rocks and minerals, to encourage friendly cooperation among mineralogists and collectors, [and] to promote the study of mineralogy and related arts and sciences coming within the purview of earth sciences..."
In the pursuit of these goals, the BMC offers educational programs at club meetings, mineral collecting field trips, a newsletter, and access to our mineralogical reference library.
The Boston Mineral Club is a member of the American Federation of Mineral Societies and the Eastern Federation of Mineral and Lapidary Societies. The BMC also is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) educational organization.
The Boston Mineral Club is proud of its long tradition of conducting field trips to collecting localities throughout the New England area. Information about trips planned for the current year is published in our newsletters which can be found in the members only area of the website.
The club also organizes occasional trips to localities outside of New England. Previous destinations have included Nova Scotia, Kentucky, Georgia and Arizona. You can view photos of our 2009 trip to Nova Scotia here: Nova Scotia 2009.
Information about the regular monthly meetings of the club can be found on the meetings page.
This year's December Boston Mineral Club meeting will feature a presentation by Tom Rich on the fossils to be found in the state of New York.
Tom has provided the following introduction to his presentation:
New York is the most fossiliferous state in the United States. Although, most of the state is covered with remnant Paleozoic sea sediments, there are a few areas which contain even older metamorphic rocks and igneous intrusions. Remarkably the Paleozoic remains lie parallel to the New York thru-way (which are not accessible for collecting) and the old thru-way, Route 20. This presentation reflects classic fossil collecting locals I have visited and had collecting success. Most depict Trilobite locations, but almost every location contains complete marine fossils of all kinds. I was much younger when I visited some of these locations so they may be somewhat overgrown, but collectable material is still there. The best procedure is to locate the locality and look through weathered out material on the ground. You should not try collecting in walls or cliffs and should always make sure that you are not violating anyone's private property.
In keeping with the theme of the meeting, Boston Mineral Club members are encouraged to bring in one or two fossil specimens in their collection, especially those from New York.
The Harvard Mineral Museum is now open to us from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Refreshments will be available in our meeting room (Haller Hall) starting at 7:00 PM and the meeting will formally begin at 7:30 PM with a short business meeting before starting the presentation. The evening will end with our traditional mineral specimen raffle but we will begin selling raffle tickets before the meeting to shave a little more time off the meeting length.
We will also be accepting donations for the 2017 voice auction at this meeting. Please take some time to find some good quality specimens that no longer match your primary collecting interests and bring them to the meeting. Since we are a 501(c)(3) educational organization, the proceeds from the sale of your donations at our 2017 auction will be deductable on your 2016 federal taxes if they are donated to us in 2016.
Also please remember that guests are always welcome at all of our meetings and should be invited to attend this one as well.
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